I. Purpose

The purpose of the Duke University Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) is to support the mission of the University through the appropriate use of information technology. Toward this end it will:

  • Advise the Vice President & Chief Information Officer (VP & CIO) on issues of computing, networking, telecommunications, collaboration tools, information security and privacy, and emerging technologies;
  • Work with faculty members and the VP & CIO to develop and keep current the Strategic Plan for Information Technology embodying a vision for how the University can employ information technology to support its academic mission; 
  • Serve as the primary faculty-led body in advising and guiding consideration of technology-related and privacy-protecting policies; beyond the general advisory role, review, evaluate, and /or make recommendations concerning policies, including their endorsement for further consideration and approval by governance bodies and administrative groups;
  • Assist in identifying and crafting new service offerings to meet the present and future needs of the University community;
  • Advise on technology investment and deployment in aid of Duke’s research, teaching, and administrative functions;
  • Advise on academic and administrative technologies, projects, procedures, and standards for information technology at Duke University;
  • Ensure that the Duke Community is kept informed about information technology issues and initiatives, and provide a channel to bring into the university's planning and evaluation processes the concerns and suggestions of Duke University faculty, students, and staff;
  • Review and report annually to the VP & CIO and senior leadership; through the routine publication of meeting minutes, inform the Duke community on the status of information technology at Duke and progress towards goals and objectives.

II. Membership

Individual committee members will be chosen for their knowledge and understanding of contemporary and emerging information technology; the strategic planning process; the university's mission for outstanding teaching, research, and health care; the broad spectrum of needs and interests within the university community; and the need for effective stewardship of scarce resources. ITAC will include faculty members, students, administrators, and staff, identified as follows:

  • Students; undergraduate students will be nominated by Duke Student Government (DSG), graduate or professional students by the The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG);
  • Faculty members nominated by the Executive Committee of Academic Council and representing the breadth of the University;
  • Administrators nominated by the Provost, the Executive Vice President, and the Chancellor for Health Affairs;
  • Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff members nominated by the VPIT;
  • Information Technology representatives from the Schools and the Library nominated by the Deans and the Vice Provost for Library Affairs.

Members will serve staggered three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Approved 8/30/95

[Revised 5/23/19]